Bruce W. Young

Personal Information

  • Full Name: Bruce Wilson Young
  • Born: Roosevelt, Utah. November 3, 1950.
  • Married: Margaret Blair; four children (Kaila, Robert, Julia, Michael).

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  • B.A. from Brigham Young University in English, 1975. Minor: French.

  • M.A. from Columbia University in English and Comparative Literature, 1976.

  • Ph.D. from Harvard University in English and American Language and Literature, 1983.

  • Fields: Shakespeare; English Renaissance Literature, Literary theory and criticism.
  • Languages: French, some Latin, Italian, Spanish, German.

    Teaching Positions

  • Instructor of French, Language Training Mission, Provo, Utah, 1972-1974.
  • Teaching Assistant, English Department, Brigham Young University, 1975.
  • Teaching Fellow, English Department, Harvard University, 1978-1981.
  • Instructor, English Department, Harvard University, 1981-1983.
  • Assistant Professor, English Department, Brigham Young University, 1983-1988.
  • Associate Professor, English Department, Brigham Young University, 1988-present. Including one year (1993-1994) as an exchange professor at BYU-Hawaii.



  • Editor, Franšais pour les missionnaires. Provo: BYU (Language Training Mission), 1974.

    Articles and Chapters

  • "Literary Criticism and Religious Values." Literature and Belief 1 (1981): 95-112.
  • "The Language of Macbeth: A Comparison of Shakespeare's and Davenant's Versions." Iowa State Journal of Research 60 (1985-1986): 431-43.
  • "Haste, Consent, and Age at Marriage: Some Implications of Social History for Romeo and Juliet." Iowa State Journal of Research 62 (1987-1988): 459-74.
  • "Parental Blessings in Shakespeare's Plays." Studies in Philology 89 (1992): 179-210.
  • "The Miracle of Faith, The Miracle of Love: Some Personal Reflections." A Thoughtful Faith: Essays on Belief by Mormon Scholars. Ed. Philip L. Barlow. Centerville, Utah: Canon Press, 1986. 259-76.
  • "Shakespearean Tragedy in a Renaissance Context: King Lear and Hooker's Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity." Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's King Lear. Ed. Robert H. Ray. New York: Modern Language Association, 1986. 98-104.
  • "Ritual as an Instrument of Grace: Parental Blessings in Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, and The Winter's Tale." True Rites and Maimed Rites. Ed. Linda Woodbridge and Edward Berry. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1992. 169-200.
  • "Teaching the Unrealistic Realism of The Winter's Tale." Approaches to Teaching Shakespeare's The Tempest and Other Late Romances. Ed. Maurice Hunt. New York: Modern Language Association, 1992. 87-93.
  • "Moral and Philosophical Criticism." The Critical Experience. Ed. David Cowles. 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1994. 22-47.
  • "Mythic and Archetypal Criticism." The Critical Experience. Ed. David Cowles. 2nd ed. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt, 1994. 60-85.
  • And others . . .

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     "It is requir'd / You do awake your faith." (The Winter's Tale V.iii)
    William Shakespeare

    "It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest and most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship, or else a horror and a corruption such as you now meet, if at all, only in a nightmare. All day long we are, in some degree, helping each other to one or other of these destinations. It is in the light of these overwhelming possibilities, it is with the awe and the circumspection proper to them, that we should conduct all our dealings with one another, all friendships, all loves, all play, all politics. There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations–these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit–immortal horrors or everlasting splendours." (C. S. Lewis, from "The Weight of Glory")